No offense to placentas, but I just wanted someone to “take care of it.” That’s exactly what Maura did. She not only drove an hour through a snow storm to retrieve it the day I delivered, but she came back the next day and dropped off two squeaky clean bottles of pills that provided instant relief from my super rage-y hormones.
— Lauren

I'm all about informed choices, which is why, as your placenta encapsulator, I offer you the choice of where and how you are most comfortable having your placenta prepared.  Your health, safety, and satisfaction is of the utmost importance to me.  As a registered nurse and student midwife, I have extensive knowledge of blood borne pathogens and take great care in my sanitization process, regardless of where and how the encapsulation is completed.


Benefits of Placenta encapsulation

Other cultures have regarded the placentophagia, or consumption of the placenta, as a normal part of the post partum process.  The benefits of placenta encapsulation are said to include:

I received my certification through Tranquil Transitions Placenta Services, a Chicago-based business which has since merged with ProDoula, a national organization.

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She came to our house and did everything here. It was quick and easy and she left our kitchen cleaner than she found it!
— Heather

turnover time

(Approximately 24-72 hours)

  • In your home:  Usually we will wait until you are home from the hospital to start the process.  The first day involves steaming of the placenta (if TCM), slicing, and loading the placenta in the dehydrator. The second day I grind the placenta and fill the capsules with dehydrated, ground placenta.  Both days' work will take approximately 1-2 hours.  Your kitchen will be sanitized before and after and will be completely usable to you throughout the 24 hours that the placenta is dehydrating.  I will bring everything I need to work--the only things I need from you are a sink, stove, and outlet.  The placenta will be complete within 24-48 hours of my first visit.
  • In my home: I will pick up the placenta from the hospital, typically within 12-24 hours of the birth.  Alternately, you can drop off to me or have a family member or friend be the transporter.  I will do the same process described above, including sanitizing my own kitchen before and after, and return the placenta to you either in the hospital or at your house within 24-72 hours of pick-up.

Booking is easY!  Fill out my Contact form in the footer when you're ready and I'll enroll you in the 5-10 minute process.  Let me know if you would like an optional phone interview prior to booking.  Once you book, you will be mailed a placenta kit that includes everything you need to store your placenta until it can be encapsulated.

Frequently asked questions about placenta encapsulation

Should I talk to my doctor, midwife, or hospital in advance?

Most hospitals in the Chicago area have become accustomed to placenta encapsulation, but it's never a bad idea to mention it beforehand.  When you contact me, I'll let you know if I have had a placenta encapsulation client in the past deliver at that location and what the usual protocol looks like.  For example, Prentice prefers that you have the placenta out of the hospital prior to transferring you from mother-baby to labor & delivery.

What does your cleaning process look like?

I'm a registered nurse and am continuing my education to be a nurse midwife this fall, so appropriate precautions for blood borne pathogens is important to me.  For any equipment that can be submerged, I use Steramine solution, which is effective against all blood borne pathogens, including HIV and Hepatitis B/C, as well as a number of other bacteria and viruses.  Things that cannot be soaked, such as the electric part of the dehydrator, get wiped with Cavi Wipes, a hospital-grade sanitizer that is also effective against all blood borne pathogens, as well as other infectious agents.  When I come to your house to complete an encapsulation, I clean your kitchen beforehand with Seventh Generation wipes because being kind to the environment is important to me and I know that your body is used to the microflora in your own kitchen.  However, when I do an encapsulation in my home, I clean my kitchen with Cavi Wipes, because eliminating any bacteria that is foreign to your family is more important to me than the environment.

How many placentas have you encapsulated?

Nearly 200! I am one busy placenta encapsulator!

Are there any risks to placenta encapsulation?

Like anything else in life, of course there is a risk/benefit analysis to placenta encapsulation.  There's the risk that it may not work for you or the risk of an adverse reaction.  In terms of it not working, I've had few clients say that it didn't work for them, although some of them have been unsure, especially if it was their first baby, because they don't have a standard of comparison.  However, none of them have disclosed that it made them feel worse.  I minimize the risk of adverse reactions by choosing not to add anything to your placenta capsules except for your own placenta.  Some encapsulators add extra herbs, but I would never want to risk an allergic reaction.  So far, I have had just one client who MAY have had a mild allergic reaction.  Let me know if you have any food or latex allergies (although I always use non-latex gloves), and if you do, I highly recommend having the encapsulation done in your home versus mine so that we can control the environment more carefully.